Graduate student resources

  • MA students in a free-standing program are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for a list of available resources.

Registration at the Graduate School is a two-part process that consists of registering for individual courses and registering for Residence at the University. All students must complete BOTH parts of the registration process.

  • Students in all degree programs are required to register in each fall and spring semester until all degree requirements have been completed or until the time-to-degree limit has been reached. 
  • Enrollment is the completion of the registration process and affords the full rights and privileges of student status.

Early in the fall semester, Butler Library offers orientations on research at Columbia and navigating the numerous databases available to Columbia students.

Letters of introduction (Blue Seal Letters) needed to conduct research off campus are easily obtained through the Department Chair, Director of Graduate studies, or the Graduate School.

Career resources for MA and PhD students are available through the Center for Career Education.

Additional PhD resources

GSAS Center for Teaching and Learning provides ongoing workshops and opportunities.

Students are encouraged to present papers at national and international conferences. Participation should not take place too early in your career and presentations should be focused on your dissertation research. 

A limit of one travel award per academic year, and a maximum of two awards during a student's career are available to help defray the cost of travel via application to the Director of Graduate Studies. Application for consideration is required before conference participation. 

Application deadlines:

  • October 1: conferences in November through February
  • February 1: conferences in March through June
  • May 1: conferences in July through October

Application requirements

  • Conference description
  • Copy of participation invitation, or program page (NB: if you have not yet heard from the organizers about your invitation to speak, you may still apply for funding, which may be approved conditionally)
  • Copy of proposal
  • Budget outline

The Department will inform students within a month of application on the award status. Students granted departmental awards may apply, by separate application, for additional funding through the GSAS Conference Matching Travel Fund.

The French Department Financial Assistant will advise you on submitting the required forms and receipts to process the reimbursement.

Limited carrel is space available to graduate students in Butler Library. GSAS sets the basic requirements for awarding carrels; students must have earned the MPhil, be within six years of first date of registration, and have the department’s support.

Students that meet the criteria will submit a brief proposal to the DGS outlining the expected progress.   Priority will be given to students that have a Dissertation Writing Fellowship (DWF) during the year of award.